Children need to understand that each sound in a word has its own letter or letter combination—every phoneme has a grapheme.
In this lesson, children will learn ways to recognize /b/. They will learn to identify the sound /b/ in spoken words by learning a tongue twister, hand motions, and a symbol for the letter b.
Primary paper and pencil
Poster with "Billy's ball bounced off the basket."
Cut out a rectangle on card stock and tape to Popsicle stick (the rectangle should be like a window, or picture frame and big enough to frame the B's on your poster board)
Class set of cut-out basket balls (on card stock), and glued on to Popsicle sticks
Picture of the letter b, with a basketball as the
round part. (example at bottom of page)
Coloring worksheet with the letter symbol (same as above) (one per student)
Pat-A-Cake poem (on chart paper)
Book: Seuss, Dr. Dr. Seuss's ABC Book. 1963. Random House Inc.
Say: Let's sing our ABC's.
Say: Every letter we just sang has its own sound. Today we are going to learn the sound of the letter b.
Say: Now I want you to practice dribbling an imaginary ball.
Say: When I say "bounce" and "ball", what do you notice about both of those words? (Emphasize /b/ when you say them)
Read for the class: "Billy's ball bounced off the basket."
Say: Now let's say it together. (Repeat four times)
Say: Now when we say it, I want you to dribble your imaginary ball every time you hear /b/. (Model for them, emphasizing /b/.)
words with /b/ in them. Let a few of them try while the others dribble their ball.
Model reading this to the students. Pretend to struggle with the words with /b/.
Explain that this will help them to remember that b has its own sound. Whenever they come to the letter b, they can think of a basketball to remember the sound.
Model for the students on the board or on a big piece of paper. Show the students the
picture with the basketball as the round part of the letter. Explain that you draw
a line starting at the roof and go down to the ground, then you b-b-bounce up and
around to make a basketball shape. (have them write it about 6 or 7 times)
hear /b/. (taken from http://www.first-school.ws/t/nrpatacake.html)
Sit down with students
Say: Raise your basketball when you hear /b/.
Say these words slowly, while watching the student's response:
Bounce, ice-cream, ballet, rob, candy, grab, sing, golf, bird
Say: Now I am going to say two words at a time. I want you to tell me in which word you hear /b/.
Bat or cat
Sing or bing
Bad or lad
Grab or great
Sad or bud
9. For more reinforcement, let students color the "b is for basketball" worksheet.
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